Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy: Profiles in Courage 

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Asia Europe Foundation

The Asia–Europe Foundation (ASEF) is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organization located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Its purpose is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the people of Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges.

I sit on their Environment Advisory Board and have helped organize events at the UN and advised them on issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals process.

Article 19

ARTICLE 19 envisages a world where people are free to speak their opinions, to participate in decision-making and to make informed choices about their lives

For this to be possible, people everywhere must be able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of information. Without these rights, democracy, good governance and development cannot happen.

I have helped them develop and deliver their input to the post 2015 development goals. I have also helped run the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development which Article 19 act as a secretariat for. 


AVIVA have been at the forefront of the push for companies to have to produce their environment, social and governance reports or explain why not as a listing requirement on stock exchanges. 

I have been helping them with the work at the UN to try and secure a commitment by member states to promote this in their countries. This included being on the expert advisory committee for the President of the UN General Assembly's report on strategies to finance the SDGs and Climate Action.

Collaborative Institute for Climate Oceans and Security

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS) is distinguished by its unique focus on the intersections of oceans, climate and security, and the resulting policy and management significance.

I wrote with Michael Strauss and Robbin Peach: Acting to Address the Ocean-Related Impacts of Climate Change on Human and National Security, with Recommendations for Priority Actions drawn from the discussions of the Global Conference on Ocean, Climate and Security

Communitas: Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda

Communitas is a coalition of ICLEI, nrg4SD, UN-Habitat and the Tellus Institute working to secure a goal and targets on urbanization within the new Sustainable Development Goals process.

 I am the Senior Adviser to the project which is also working on input to the Habitat III process.

 Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales

We are a networking organisation that enables people to learn from each other and discover interesting good practice projects in Wales. We work with people and organisations across a broad range of issues - from climate change to economy and fair-trade to health. We increase awareness of sustainability issues and good practice examples, and raise awareness of practical resources encouraging sustainable living in Wales

I wrote a paper for them on the post 2015 development goals and how citizens of Wales might engage in the process.

Ford Foundation

Established in 1936, the foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.

I have been an Adviser to the Foundation on the development of the new post 2015 development goals since 2012.

Future Eye

Futureye is a management consulting firm specialising in public affairs and social licence to operate. The company was established by Katherine Teh-White in 2002 to assist companies and organisations dealing with public concerns about their operations.

As one of Australia’s leading management consultancies, we align stakeholder expectations with company performance to protect organisations from the uncertain outcomes of community concern and public outrage.

Futureye provides corporate and risk communications strategy, media monitoring, issues management, and advisory and training services to many of Australia’s largest organisations and industries. We work with a range of stakeholders and systems to help businesses address the political and regulatory risks that come with a negative reputation.

I have worked on a number of projects with Futureye advising in relation to the UN and NGOs.

International Renewable Energy Agency

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

I have been an Adviser to IRENA in developing their stakeholder engagement process and the establishment of their ‘Coalitions for Action’.

Soros Foundation

The Soros Foudnation otherwise known as the Open Society Foundations (OSF), formerly the Open Society Institute, is an international grantmaking network founded by progressive-liberal business magnate George Soros. Open Society Foundations financially support civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media. Since its founding in 1993, OSF has reported expenditures of over $11 billion. The name is inspired by Karl Popper's 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies.

I am a huge supporter of Karl Popper and loved his paper on the Role of the Observer in Quantum Mechanics as a Physics student. I have helped train NGOs and other stakeholders engaged in the UN on the issue of Drugs Policy for the Foundation.

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level. Our work aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory international decision-making on sustainable development through enhancing the involvement of stakeholders in intergovernmental processes.

I advised Stakeholder Forum on their initial work on the development of the new development goals and the transition from one Executive Director to another.

Tellus Institute

The Tellus Institute is a non-profit research and policy organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its mission is to advance the transition to a sustainable, equitable, and humane global civilization. The Tellus Institute was founded in 1976 by Paul Raskin, Richard Rosen, Stephen Bernow, John Stutz, and David Nichols for the purpose of research on resource and environmental strategies. Dr. Paul Raskin is the President of the Institute. Initially called the Energy Systems Research Group (ESRG), the Institute adopted its current name in 1990.

I am an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and have worked on a project called the Widening Circle which aims to enlarge and strengthen the global citizens movement, nurturing the idea of global citizenship and promoting integrated action.

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

I wrote Perspectives Issue No. 8: Felix Dodds and Anita Nayar, Rio+20: A New Beginning, December 2012

United Nations Development Programme

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

I wrote a briefing paper to be presented for policy makers in the Arab region on the road map roadmap after Rio+20, what the governments need to do advance the agreements of Rio+20. Based on this paper, the League of Arab States (LAS) will adopt decisions on the follow up that would be conducted regionally

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals.

As the Secretariat entity responsible for the development pillar of the United Nations, our work addresses a range of cross-cutting issues that affect peoples’ lives and livelihoods. From poverty reduction to governance to finance to the environment, DESA’s work is about human progress for all, especially the most vulnerable. We are fundamentally concerned, not only with global prosperity today, but also for tomorrow.

I have written papers and spoken at workshops and assisted in the preparation of events.

Water Institute

The vision of the Water Institute at UNC is to bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health.

I have been co-director of the 2014 Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus Conference.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (now World Animal Protection)

The World Society for the Protection of Animals exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. We work directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion.

 I have helped train new staff, develop their input to the post 2015 development goals and helped organize events.


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